Dinner with a Suzhou Reader

I invited Michael Jiang of Blog In The Wall to join us for dinner. Michael is one of my readers from Suzhou. I don’t know how many readers I have in Suzhou but Michael was the only one who emailed me asking for a meet up. We went to a restaurant near my hotel and had a traditional Chinese dinner.

Meeting readers is something I never get tired of. One of the reasons I started this blog was to meet new people. The blog has allowed me to create many new friendships, many of them will last a lifetime. While you maybe able to put a price on the money this blog makes, you can’t put a price on the friendships it has created. Friendship is priceless.

I would have liked to take Michael out to a bar or club after dinner. However, China is in three days of mourning for the victims of the earthquake. All bars and clubs are closed. It was great to meet up with Michael. I hope to meet more readers as I continue on to Taiwan.

37 thoughts on “Dinner with a Suzhou Reader”

  1. authentic chinese food looks really good.

    1. Lol it is, Chinese food is the bomb. If I knew how to cook I’d eat it all day every day 😀

      1. MR. NICE GUY says:

        Chinese food are great. I like the Chowking food hahaha siomai, etc.

  2. Thiago Prado says:

    When you come to NY area when can go to a Brazilian steak house. The food is great and I’m sure many people would join us.

    1. Never tried Brazilian. What kinda stuff is it?

      1. haha, meat… 😈 a la brasa o a la parilla.

  3. Shannon says:

    Oh wow! I would love to have the recipe for that dish! John, whenever you are in Maryland, I’ll treat you to some famous Maryland Crabs!! That is, if you like shellfish! LOL! I hope you have a safe trip to Taiwan. So sad about the earthquake in China. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

  4. Tony M. says:

    Is there a way to have us John Chow readers contribute to help the victims of the earthquake ?
    John you could start an auction for an “eat with John Chow dinner”. Highest bidder gets invited to a restaurant with you, money goes to Chinese victims.
    I’m pretty sure there’s a way to gather some goodwill here, whether it’s from an auction or just a Paypal donate button…


  5. Lisa P. says:

    Wow that chinese food looked really good. Made me hungry.

  6. Zak Show says:

    It look like a tasty meal, I like chineese food but there is nothing better than Moroccan couscous 😯

  7. Noobpreneur says:


    That’s a good food – Post a recipe or two, John 😀

    1. Terry Tay says:

      Just take some green stuff and and it to white stuff 😆

  8. James says:

    Of course, in some places, mourning would mean opening the bars.
    My wife was in tears last night (she was putting off looking at the news about the earthquake for several days till last night).

  9. Pyjammez says:

    John Chow’s blog is more of a comedy series than a make money online guide hahaha i love it.

  10. Shawn Knight says:

    Best description ever – “It’s green stuff, mixed with white stuff”.

  11. andru says:

    Where about in Taiwan will you be staying. I will be in Taipei late May early June. I am also a fellow Canadian working online (but from Asia).

    1. John Chow says:

      I will be in Taipei for Computex.

  12. It’s pretty cool to be able to meet up with a reader of your blog on the other side of the world.

  13. Scott says:

    Hey John,

    If your ever in Michigan or Ohio… let us know and we will take you out to dinner!

    -Scott & Nick
    Sampleaday.com writers

  14. Ed Lau says:


  15. Terry Tay says:

    You hogged all the camera time John 😈

    It’s great of you to meet your readers and do things like this with them though.

    So, is there a market for corn juice in Canada you think? 😆

  16. Wade says:

    That is awesome. Dinner with the man himself. I haven’t seen any blog donations/charities for the earthquake though. The dinner looked very nice. What was it, $100 a plate?

    Shudogg Dot Com – Make Money Online Blogging

  17. I’m too deep into this internet money thing; the first thing I thought of when I saw the green stuff/white stuff was the Google PR

    1. Flimjo says:

      Heh, that’s like getting up to go to the bathroom at night checking the comments to your blog posts on the way back to bed.

  18. KiwiPulse says:

    Wow, Corn Juice! I guess Ethanol Juice taste similar! lol

  19. Micki says:

    The food looks good, yummi 🙂 Nice video, very well done!

  20. Flimjo says:

    John, if you’re ever in Miami, I’ll show you what crazy drivers are really all about. You’ll obtain a whole new view on rush hour. 👿

  21. Paul B says:

    That was pretty cool John, that bloke looked in aw of you.

  22. deejay says:

    hahahahaha!!!!! it makes me a little bit hungry now. 😈

  23. Sha says:

    Your food posts always make me hungry even if I already ate dinner.

  24. When will you ever come to Tokyo, Japan? I would love to meet you and take you out for dinner.

    For those of who don’t know me, I’m the publisher of a site called Yanko Design which is is on the list of Technorati.com’s top 100 most read blogs on the internet, currently ranked at 63 (out of 75,000,000+ blogs). http://www.technorati.com/pop/blogs/?page=7.

    Let me tell you that John Chow was the man responsible for the success of the site, listen to him, adore him and have him as your mentor.

    1. Lol at “adore him.” Really nice site though 😀

  25. Mike Huang says:

    Hey John,

    No offense, but at some points when you talk too fast, it’s very hard to understand what you’re trying to say. I don’t know if it’s just me or not, but some words come out as blurbs..


  26. Apoorv says:

    w00t, I love chinese food 👿

  27. I am getting hungry ,, save your website john, i can that too!! 😀

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